Understanding Your Tyres

Get a better grip understanding your tyres...

You should not underestimate the importance of good tyres.

They are the only thing between you and the road.



Your tyres

Your life

Your safety


Are your tyres legal?


Do you know what the legal minimum tread depoa is? The law requires car tyres to have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm in a continuous band around the central three quarters of the tyre.


Keeping you safe


Better grip in dry and wet conditions


Improves steering control for better handling


Shorter stopping distance


Cost Savings

Reducing your fuel costs







Tyre Labelling

EU Tyre Law

These are the labels that you will find on the platform of each tyre.

Tyres sold in Europe include this European Union labelling which was introduced in November 2012.

These labels will enable you to make a more informed decision when choosing your car tyres, considering safer and more efficient driving.

So What's Your Tyre Size?

'the writing on the wall'



  • The '195' is the nominal width of the tyre's cross-section in mm
  • The '65' us the 'aspect ratio' - the ratio of the side wall height to the cross-section width.
  • The 'R' stands for radial-ply construction.
  • The '15' stands for the diameter (in inches) of the wheel that the tyre is designed to fit .

Tyre Inflation


Excessive wear

Correct Inflation

Even wear

Over Inflation

Excessive wear

It is important to check your tyre pressure regularily and is to the correct tyre inflation:

- Prolongs tyre wear

- Better handling

- Improves fuel efficiency

- Safety

- Better grip

- Increased comfort

- The four tyres and the air inside them support the weight of your car

Tyres Effect Stopping Distance


tyre tread

Amount of

tyre wear

25.8 metres

31.7 metres

39.5 metres

'Only a fool breaks the two second rule'

Remember - it takes longer to stop with reduced tyre tread on a wet road



Shire Tyre Services Ltd

Mobile Tyre Breakdown Service

Craig Trower


07850 652240


Georgina Honey